NH Senate to vote on education tax credit repeal

NH Senate to vote on controversial education tax credit repeal, program facing court challenge

Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The New Hampshire Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday on a House-passed bill repealing the state's fledgling education tax credit program Republicans enacted last year to give businesses a tax credit for donating to scholarship organizations that send students to private or public schools.

The repeal bill passed by the Democratic-controlled House has the support of Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan but faces possible defeat in the Republican-controlled Senate. Repeal supporters say the law gives money to private and religious schools without accountability when the state is struggling to fund public schools.

The program also is being challenged in Strafford County Superior Court on the grounds that it unconstitutionally provides state money to religious schools. The fund is capped at $4 million but has received only close to $135,000 thus far.

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